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Recent and classic films where chucks have a role. . . .

 

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To qualify for a listing, one or more of the lead or main supporting characters in the film is seen wearing chucks — Converse “Chuck Taylor” All Stars.

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Radio Flyer cover

3 chucksrating

PG-13

Radio Flyer. (1992) Tom Hanks, Lorraine Bracco, Adam Baldwin, Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello, John Heard, Ben Johnson. Directed by Richard Donner. Two young boys retreat from an abusive step father and neighborhood bullies by living in a fantasy world where they dream of flying. Inspired by a local legend, they begin to transform their red wagon into a flying machine that they plan to use to make their escape.

Categories: Drama, Fantasy.

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R

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins. (1975) Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, MacKenzie Phillips, Harry Dean Stanton, Alex Rocco. Directed by Dick Richards. A road picture about Gunny Rafferty, a man going nowhere in his life, who is forced at gunpoint to drive a tough-talking teen and a would-be country singer to New Orleans.

Category: Drama.

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3 chucksrating

R

The Raid 2. (2014) Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, Alex Abbad. Written and directed by Gareth Evans. Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Crime.

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3 chucksrating

R

Rain Man. (1988) Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino. Directed by Barry Levinson. This Oscar winning film is the story of two brothers, Charlie, a self-centered hustler, and Raymond, an autistic savant, whom Charlie didn’t know even existed. When Charlie is cut out of the family inheritance, he takes Raymond out of the institution where he is staying in a desperate effort to extort his “fair share” of the family estate. As the two travel across the country, they begin to connect as brothers and their trip becomes a journey of self-revelation.

Category: Drama.

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3 chucksrating

PG

The Rainbow Tribe. (2008) David James Elliott, Grayson Russell, Noah Munck, Max Burkholder, Stephen Tobowsky. Directed by Christopher Watson. A rag-tag group of children at a sleep away camp help their counselor overcome a personal crisis.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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1 chucks rating
PG-13

Rattled. (1996) William Katt, Shanna Reed, Michael Galeota, Monica Creed, Ian Ambercrombie, Zack Eginton, Clint Howard. Directed by Tony Randel. When a construction project indiscriminately blows up the mountainous area around Eden Valley, it upsets the rattlesnake population, and soon they descend on the town.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Horror.

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Ready Player One poster

3 chucksrating

PG-13

Ready Player One. (2018) Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Maark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki. Directed by Steven Spielberg. When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. In current release.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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Rebound cover2 chucks rating

R

Rebound. (1996) Don Cheadle, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Eriq LaSalle, Forest Whitaker. Directed by Eriq LaSalle. This HBO film is the story of Earl “The Goat” Manigault, a legendary Harlem basketball player who had all the moves that set the style for the modern game, but never made it into the professional league because of his personal problems.

Categories: Drama, Sports.

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3 chucksrating

PG

The Red Sneakers. (2002) Dempsey Pappion, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Gregory Hines, Jordan Walker, Makyla Smith. Directed by Gregory Hines. When a high school student with below average athletic skills is given a pair of red high top chucks that once belonged to a basketball great, they magically give him the ability to single-handedly win games and lead his team to the city championship game.


Categories: Fantasy, Family, Sports.

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3 chucksrating

NR, would be PG-13

Regret! aka Spijt!. (2013) Stefan Collier, Charlotte Bakker, Dorus Witte, Robin Boissevain. Directed by Dave Schram. Based on a book by Carry Slee, this film is a powerful depiction of the effects of bullying. Overweight high school student Jochem spends his school days desperately trying to escape a trio of bullies. While his classmates realize what’s going on, nobody really stands up for Jochem, and their home room teacher ignores the signs. Eventually, two classmates do begin to stand up for Jochem, but not before a tragic ending. (In Dutch with English subtitles)


Category: Drama.

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Remote cover

1.5 chucks rating
PG

Remote. (1993) Chris Carrara, Jordan Belfi, Jessica Bowman, Kenneth A. Brown, Bobbie Chandler, John Diehl, Stuart Fratkin. Directed by Ted Nicolaou. A 13-year-old boy, obsessed with remote controlled toys, puts them to use when he’s trapped in a vacant model suburban house with three dumb crooks.


Categories: Comedy, Action/Adventure.

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3 chucksrating

PG

The Rescue. (1988) Edward Albert, Ian Giatti, Marc Price, Ellen Barber, Timothy Carhart, James Cromwell, Kevin Dillon. Directed by Ferdinand Fairfax. When several special forces members are captured by the North Koreans, and the plan to rescue them is abandoned by the government, their children, who are living at the American base in South Korea, conspire together to rescue their fathers.

Categories: Drama, Action/Adventure.

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R

Revenge of the Nerds. (1984) Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Julie Montgomery, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Casses, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger , Donald Gibb, James Cromwell, David Wohl, John Goodman, and Bernie Casey. Directed by Jeff Kanew. A group of college misfits decide to start their own fraternity after being rejected by every house on campus. But the other fraternities don’t like this, and the football team jocks try to run the nerds off campus.

Categories: Comedy, Romance, Sexually Explicit, Teenagers.

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Richie Rich cover

3 chucksrating

PG

Richie Rich. (1994) Macaulay Culkin, John Larroquette, Edward Herrman, Jonathan Hyde, Christine Ebersole, Stephi Lineberg. Directed by Donald Petrie. The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he could want in the world except friends, until he works to win over some sandlot kids he sees playing baseball. He’ll need their help when a scheming family advisor plots to dispose of Richie’s parents and take over the family fortune.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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4 chucks rating

PG

The Right Stuff. (1983) Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Charles Frank. Directed by Philip Kaufman. This film adaption of Tom Wolfe’s classic story of the Mercury astronauts shows how they and their families faced the unknown dangers of early rocket flight along with the overwhelming pressures of becoming instant celebrities.

Categories: Drama, Family.

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Ripe cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

Ripe. (1996) Daisy Eagan, Monica Keene, Gordon Currie, Ron Brice, Karen Lynn Gorney, Vincent Laresca. Directed by Mo Ogrodnik. When their abusive parents are killed in a car crash, 15 year old twin sisters Rosie and Violet vow to run away to Kentucky in search of a better life. While on the road, the girls meet up with Pete, a drifter working as a grounds keeper on a derelict army base, who takes them in. While Violet falls for him, Rosie represses her feelings and becomes increasingly angry and hostile.

Categories: Drama, Sexually Explicit.

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PG-13

The River. (1984) Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Shane Bailey, Scott Glen. Directed by Mark Rydell. Tom and Mae are a young couple struggles to maintain a homestead in rural Pennsylvania. They struggle against the ravages of nature, the threat of poverty, the animosity of many in the community when Tom works as a replacement worker during a strike, and the Mae’s former boy friend who is charge of the local power company’s attempt to take over their property.

Category: Drama.

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River's Edge cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

River’s Edge. (1986) Keanu Reeves*, Crispin Glover, Joshua John Miller, Ione Skye, Dennis Hopper, Daniel Roebuck, Roxana Zal, Phil Brock. Written and directed by Abbe Wool. When a high school student brutally murders a girl friend, he brags about it to his slacker friends, who disbelieve him at first, but when he takes them to the crime scene, discover that he wasn’t lying. Strangely, the teens, who all knew the girl, decide to protect their friend with a wall of secrecy, until one of them can’t live with the guilt anymore.
(*canvas high top Dr. J’s)

Categories: Crime/Mystery, Drama.

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The Road cover

3 chucksrating

R

The Road. (2009) Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rober Duvall, Charlize Theron. Directed by John Hillcoat. A father and son cross a barren post-apolyptic America trying to survive on their wits and love for each other.

Categories: Adventure, Drama.

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3 chucksrating

R

The Road Within. (2014) Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, Kyra Sedgwick. Written and directed by Gren Wells. Vincent, a young man with Tourette Syndrome, is placed in a behavioral facility after his mother dies, but embarks on a life changing trip to the Pacific Ocean with two other problematic inmates in order to scatter her ashes.

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Coming of Age.

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R

Road Kill USA. (1993) Andrew Porter, Sean Bridgers, Deanna Perry. Written and directed by Tony Elwood. A hitchhiking college student accepts a ride from a couple who turn out to be psychotic killers.

Categories: Horror, Crime and Mystery.

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Roadside Prophets cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

Roadside Prophets. (1992) John Doe, David Anthony Marshall, Judyth Thurman, Sonya Chavez. Written and directed by Abbe Wool. Joe Mosely is a laid-back, working-class biker who temporarily abandons his responsibilities and takes a few days off to travel to El Dorado, Nevada so that he can fulfill the last request of a dead friend who wants his ashes scattered there. On the way, he runs into Sam, a frenetic younger biker who pesters Joe into becoming his road partner, and together they ride through Nevada, running into various eccentrics, staying at cheap motels, and trying to find El Dorado (which is really a town called Jackpot).

Category: Drama.

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The Robin Hood Gang cover2 chucks rating

PG

The Robin Hood Gang. (aka Angels in the Attic) (1998) Clayton Taylor, Steven Losak, Dalin Christiansen, Brenda Price, Scott Christopher. Directed by Eric Hendershot. When two young kids find a suitcase full of cash in the attic of their apartment building, they plan to use it to help out their needy neighbors. One problem however: the money belongs to a bank robber who wants it back.

Categories: Comedy, Adventure, Family.

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PG-13

Robocop 3. (1993) Robert John Burke, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan, Jodi Long, John Posey, Rip Torn, Jill Hennesey, Mako, John Castle, S.D. Nemeth. Directed by Fred Dekker. When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, Robocop joins forces with a young orphan and a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them.

Categories: Crime, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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2.5 chucks rating

 

G

Robo-Dog: Airborne. (2017) Michael Campion, Patrick Muldoon, Jonathan Silverman, Kenny Beaumont, Brooklynn Prince, Alicia C. Del Aguila. Directed by Tony Giordano. After an accident causes Robo-Dog to get lost and lose his memory, he is taken in by a new family. With his father—Robo-Dog’s inventor—away at a science presentation, Tyler enlists the help of Barry as they scour the town in search of their missing robotic best friend.

Categories: Family, Science Fiction.

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PG

Robosapien: Rebooted. (2013) Kim Coates, Penelope Ann Miller, Bobby Coleman, David Eigenberg, Joaquim de Almeida, Jae Head, Peter Jason, Billy Slaughter, Holliston Coleman, Carol Sutton. Directed by Sean McNamara. An inventor, an eleven-year-old boy, and a intelligent robot team up to prevent the robot from becoming a military weapon instead of a rescue device as it was intended to be.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction.

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2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

Robot Overlords. (2014) Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley, Callan McAuliffe, James Tarpey, Geraldine James, Ella Hunt, Steve Mackintosh, Tamer Hassan, Craig Garner, Milo Parker. Written and directed by Jon Wright. After an alien invasion by robots takes over the world, all humans are confined inside their homes, implanted with electronic monitors, and policed by robot enforcers with a few human collaborators. The film focuses on one family’s struggle to fight back after they discover a way to defeat the monitors.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction.

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Rock 'n' Roll High School cover

2 chucks rating

PG

Rock ’n’ Roll High School. (1979) P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, The Ramones. Directed by Alan Arkush. Vince Lombardi High School has a reputation as a party school. When a new principal is brought in to change things, the students battle back with the help of The Ramones.

Categories: Comedy, Musical, Teenagers.

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NR

Rockaway. (2017) Keidrich Sellati, Maxwell Apple, James DiGiacomo, Tanner Flood, Colin Critchley, Harrison Wittmeyer, Wass Stevens. Written and directed by John J. Budion. Inspired by true events, a man recounts the summer of '94, when he and his brother plotted revenge against their abusive father. Not available in general release yet. Click here to see stills from the films.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama.

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The Rocker cover

3 chucksrating

PG-13

The Rocker. (2008) Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad, Emma Stone, Jeff Garlin, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, Will Arnett. Directed by Peter Cattaneo. The drummer of an up and coming rock band in the 80’s, who was dumped by the band just before they became successful gets a second chance when his nephew needs a drummer for his band twenty years later.

Categories: Comedy, Musical, Teenagers.

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Rocky cover

4 chucks rating

PG

Rocky. (1976) Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers. Directed by John G. Avildsen. Sylvester Stalone’s first boxing film stands up over time as one of the best sports films ever made. The training sequence where Rocky runs up the steps to the top of Philadelphia’s Art Museum square to the pulsating Rocky theme is a classic film moment.

Categories: Drama, Sports.

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3 chucksrating

PG

Rocky Balboa. (2006) Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Burt Young. Written and directed by Sylvester Stalone. Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement to step into the ring for the last time and face the heavyweight champ Mason ’The Line’ Dixon.

Categories: Drama, Sports.

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3 chucksrating

PG

Rookie of the Year. (1993) Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton, John Candy, Patrick LaBrecque. Directed by Daniel Stern. When the cast is removed from clumsy Little Leaguer Henry Rowengartner’s broken arm, he is shocked to find that he has the skills of a professional pitcher. The word gets out, and soon Henry is signed by the Chicago Cubs as their new ace pitcher.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Coming of Age, Sports.

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Rounding First cover2 chucks rating

NR, would be PG

Rounding First. (2005) John Michael Bolger, Michael Dean, Matthew Borish. Written and directed by Jim Fleigner. Routine coming of age film about three friends growing up in the eighties, and how the relevation of a dark family secret affects them.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age, Family.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

A Rumor of Angels. (2002) Vanessa Redgrave, Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta, Catherine McCormack, Ron Livingstone, George Coe. Directed by Peter O’Fallon. A twelve year old boy, still devasted by the loss of his mother two years earlier, endures a lonely summer on Cape Cod until he meets up and forms an unlikely friendship with Maddy, an reclusive old lady who lives by the lighthouse.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age.

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3.5 chucks rating

R

Run Lola Run. (1998) Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Armin Rohde, Joachim Krol. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Time is running out for Lola in this surrealistic thriller. She’s just received a frantic call from her boy friend, Manni, who has lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn’t replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.

Categories: Drama, Action/Adventure, Crime and Mystery.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

The Runaway. (2000) Dean Cain, Debbi Morgan, Cliff de Young, Cody Newton, Duane McLaughlin, Maya Angelou. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidleman. When two boys in a small, post World War II southern town accidentally discover a human leg bone, it reopens a murder investigation that stirs up feelings in the segregated town between the new progressive sheriff, the black community, the more tolerant younger generation of whites, and the old guard who wants to keep the blacks in town repressed and compliant.

Category: Drama.

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Running on Empty cover

4 chucks rating

PG-13

Running on Empty. (1988) Christine Lahti, River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Jonas Abry, Martha Plimpton, Ed Crowley, L.M. Kit Carson, Steven Hill. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Powerful performances by Christine Lahti, River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Martha Plimpton, and Steven Hill highlight the story of the Pope family, living in the underground on the run from the FBI since the late sixties. Now Danny, their oldest son and a talented pianist, wants a life of his own and the opportunity to study music at the Julliard School in New York, but this means a complete separation from his family or the paper trail required for admission will tip off the authorities.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

Rush Hour. (1998) Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma, Julia Hsu, Chris Penn, Elizabeth Pena. Directed by Brett Ratner. Jackie Inspector Lee, a Hong Kong Detective who helped confiscate millions of dollars worth of stolen Chinese artifacts from Crime Lord Juntao, finds himself paired up with an obnoxious Los Angeles cop when Juntao kidnaps Soo Yung, the eleven year old daughter of the Chinese consul for revenge. The two make a most unusual partership as they pursue Juntao’s forces to rescue Soo Yung.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Crime and Mystery.

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RV cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG

RV. (2006) Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, Joanna Levesque, Josh Hutcherson. Directed by Barry Sonnefeld. The Munro family is forced to take their vacation in an RV, instead of going to Hawaii when Bob is told by his boss that he must attend a presentation in Colorado.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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